15 Oct



59% voter turnout? Seriously? Lowest turnout EVER? FFS….. (My province at the moment only come in with 63%. Go us)

Voting in another minority government? Really?

Giving the bloody Tories MORE seats after they call an unnecessary election and cost us 300 million? For Real?

I’m looking forward to a day when the ENTIRE population takes voting seriously, and looks at it as a chance for change, instead of shrugging and not even paying attention to what they’re voting for, IF they vote at all. I’m looking forward to the day that the people impacted by MANY government decisions, woman and young people ACTUALLY vote-I’m hoping their numbers won’t be low when the stats come out, but I’m not hopeful.

What will it take? Why can’t people be bothered to do even a little research, and get up and spend 5 minutes participating in the future of their country.

I was one of those “who cares” people once, before I could vote, until a friend of mine tore a strip into me for being to lazy and ignorant to care about what happened to my country. If only we could do that to everyone.

I think I’ll move to Sweden.

13 Responses to “Sigh”

  1. cj October 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    I agree. It’s ignorance. And people actually have the nerve to go on the news and say “I don’t care. It doesn’t affect me.”
    And others say they won’t vote because they should be able to do it on the internet – they’re too lazy to get off their arses! Where I live, everyone had a polling station within a 10 minute walk of their home. It was actually so nice to get out that my family went for a walk afterwards.

    Really, the only thing that bothers me more than people not voting is people voting ignorantly, and I think a lot of that happened this election.

  2. Gabriel... October 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Sweden fucking sucks.

    Voter turnout has been taking a nosedive over the past eighteen years because 1. elections Canada put a 36-day minimum on campaigning, and 2. the federal parties figured out that if you have $10 million dollars to spend over an election it’s best to do it over 36 days instead of 70. So now, instead of some reasoned debate and some time to figure out what the policies are we’re stuck with leaders yelling at each other and accusing the others of wanting to destroy the country.

    Before Chretien started calling elections every 2.5 years we had some of the largest voter turnouts of any democracy. Now, four elections later, we don’t. With the minimum set so low keeping the electorate uninvolved has become a tactic. Increase the minimum and give people time to figure out what’s going on and the numbers will go back up.

  3. sweetsalty kate October 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    Oh my god, totally. Totally.

    I can’t believe all the money wasted, and for more, and not less, shit-eating grins.

  4. cj October 15, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    It takes people more than 36 days to figure out how to vote? These parties were actually around during the past 30+ months since the last election was held, weren’t they?
    None of the parties have drastically altered their platforms since then. The flippant tastes of voters is what I don’t understand. Going from left to right wing politics is not like picking your outfit out for the day. They’re two extremes – absolute night and day – and people treat it like a personal prospect choice. What are you going to do for me? Which is exactly why so many politicians turn into weasels, because people demand to have their own small-world concerns heard, and politicians will promise the world to get elected and then just fall back on their party’s agenda once elected, claiming that three or four years wasn’t enough time to get anything done when it’s all up for review.
    The only reason people haven’t been able to figure out what the policies are is because they haven’t taken it upon themselves to find out. The information is there, people just want to be baby-fed in 30-second snippets on the evening news, innocently thinking that the media are supplying them politically neutral information.
    It’s not the government’s fault that voter turnout is so low. It’s a reflection of an ever increasing stupid society that would rather sit at home and do something like watch American Idol rather than getting involved.

  5. Bon October 15, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    i can think of a lot of social justice and green initiatives that $300 million could buy. but they won’t. especially not now.

  6. Gabriel... October 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    “None of the parties have drastically altered their platforms since then.”

    Because there’s no time to lay out new policies, or discuss and even change them. Shorter election times means spending more time pre-election demonizing your opponent so we “get” their message in the short campaign. Shorter election times mean ideologues have more opportunity to set the agenda.

    “The flippant tastes of voters is what I don’t understand. Going from left to right wing politics is not like picking your outfit out for the day.”

    Ideologues normally feel this way, and normally get confused when people like to have choices. You’re right “cj”, there are two extremes, but with a lot of space in between them. And when people stop showing up to vote because the only message is “they’ll destroy the country so vote for me” ideologues tend to get really angry and start calling citizens looking for real policy debate “an ever increasing stupid society” because we just can’t see how evil the other side really is…

  7. nessa October 16, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    Nooooo! You can’t move to Sweden. You’re my last refuge if McCain is elected. I need you!

  8. thordora October 16, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    You could move to Sweden too!

  9. nessa October 16, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    John’s a proud Finn… maybe we could be neighbors!

  10. Gabriel... October 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    I dated a Finn… there’s no way a Finn could ever be proud of a Swede neighbour. Their relationship is like a Yankee’s fan living next door to a Red Sox fan… only with more passive aggression and spitting. Plus that whole geographic region looks like a giant limp penis. And who wants that kind of hassle?

  11. thordora October 16, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    What in the HELL is so wrong with Sweden? You’re driving me crazy…wait, already there…hrm…

  12. Focvbkib May 8, 2009 at 6:28 am #

    IITEWn comment1 ,


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